Jonathan Brandis

April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003

 

Jonathan Brandis

 

For those who are claiming I have misspelled his name, I would like to share a scan of his toe tag with you. The Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed with me that, “The name on the toe tag was taken from the initial report by the law enforcement agency.  He was later positively identified by his CA driver’s license and his full name and correct spelling was entered into the Coroner database.  We strive to have correct information on all cases, but sometimes by the time we have the real deal, we have already printed documents that become the permanent record.”  With that in mind, his name is now corrected.

Many thanks to our friends at Celebrity Collectables, who provided the autopsy report for this story.  Thanks Ted, you guys are too generous to us.

On Wednesday the 12th of November 2003, a kid by the name of Jonathan Brandis killed himself. He never made a huge impression on the entertainment world – (I’ve since been corrected, apparently he was hugely famous and got loads of fan mail.). I only know him coz he was the kid that stuttered in the scary clown TV movie, IT.

He did several other things, which you can see here.

For some reason his death really struck a chord with a lot of people. I’ve never received more email after a celebrity death. My theory is that since he was so young (27) that a lot of people around that age or younger are just now dealing with thoughts of their own mortality. At least that’s all I can come up with. I remember the first time someone I knew was killed, I walked around like a zombie for about a month. Weird how things affect.

He lived in a cool old apartment building just off Wilshire Boulevard,

that had a front door that looked like a drawbridge.

To visit him, no doubt you rang this doorbell.

He lived on the second floor.

 

So Brandis… I guess he was having a bad life, certainly a bad day. According to his mom he went out to dinner with friends, then they went back to his apartment. His friends reported that he seemed to be agitated, and pacing around quite a bit. He left the room, and about 15 minutes later one of his friends went looking for him, and found him. He was hanging by a nylon rope, in the second floor hallway of this building. His friends cut him down, and called paramedics. Despite efforts, he was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 2:44pm.

Kevin Hassell comes thru and provides us with Brandis’ Death Certificate.  Thank you Kevin!

 

 

He was wearing a pair of Diesel Jeans, white-blue-green and red Tommy boxers, and white socks.

Background: according to his mother, he had no prior suicide attempts, drank socially, quit smoking over two years prior, and did not abuse drugs. There were no personal problems, except for the fact that he could be quite hard on himself. Somewhere, something was definitely wrong.

The paramedics claimed to smell alcohol in his vomit, but forensics found that there were no drugs at all, and only .03% alcohol. So he was in clear thought when he offed himself. He must have been one sad individual.

He was cremated, and given to his family.  There was a vacancy the day I was there.

I wonder…

Wanna see his mailbox?

A few weeks ago, I went out on my Sunday morning bike ride to take photographs for Findadeath. See? My devotion never ends. Well, I completely blame Ashton Kutcher  for breaking my camera when it jumped out of my hands to photograph his dumb restaurant that day.  I took photographs for this story, but none came out – so I had to wait until today to take replacement pictures.  But before I screwed up my camera, I managed a few pictures of the La Brea tar pits,

which are really impressive.

In fact, I was sorta surprised to see real tar seeping out of the sidewalks.

Learn something new every day.

11 thoughts on “Jonathan Brandis

  • April 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm
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    I’m going to tell you right now what I believe happened to Jonathan. He’s another victim of disgusting satanic Hollyweird and that pedo Steven Spielberg. My psychic senses tell me that Jonathan Brandis was killed because he knew too much and he was a good person. They destroyed his soul and I’m sure he was done the same way they all abused and used Corey Haim. All this is now coming to light for a reason. These people deserve justice for them being “suicided”. It’s a lie – they were killed by the powers that control all the pedo Hollywood rings.

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    • May 11, 2020 at 11:54 am
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      Yeah that’s what it is. A mass conspiracy and cover up by Steven Spielberg. Did you know that his true form is actually the alien from E.T.? Which by the way wasn’t actually a “movie”, but a documentary about Steven Spielberg since he’s a satanic alien sent to earth to molest then kill child actors……..I mean to “suicided” them. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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  • April 16, 2020 at 12:36 am
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    I have often thought of why Johnathon Brandis’ suicide has affected me over the years. He had an almost naivete’ that came through in a lot of characters that he played, a basic goodness. I think the transition to adulthood & adult roles didn’t pan out for him. I remember reading that his part in Hart’s War (a Bruce Willis/Colin Farell vehicle) ended up mostly on the cutting room floor. That was his transition to more mature roles. I think what is sad to me is thinking what could have been for him both personally & professionally, had he gotten some help, had he lived. I think Johnathon Brandis, through everything I’ve seen was a good soul. Such a loss. It saddens me whenever I come across a story on him.

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    • April 25, 2020 at 12:25 am
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      Good guess Sean, you might be right.

      “He had an almost naivete’ that came through in a lot of characters that he played, a basic goodness”

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  • April 1, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    I’ve read the autopsy. MULTIPLE TIMES, thank-you. To be completely candid, while it covers the facts of the complications which led to his death VERY well, there are several curious facts about the incident itself, which I always felt were uninvestigated/unexplained. I think the investigation was wrapped up too neatly as a suicide case, and I have spent many quiet years with a nagging feeling that how his neck went into that rope, has more of a story to it than we know of. It’s little things, but to this day going over that autopsy never added up to a suicide, in my head. Or in my heart.

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  • February 4, 2020 at 4:50 am
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    One thought I would like to point out that I haven’t seen anyone mention yet is that he chose to end his life at age 27, on 11/11, and quite possibly at 11:11pm (the time is purely speculation, but friends called the paramedics at 11:40). According to everything I have read about him, he grew up in the spotlight and had big dreams, had a pretty big following of crazed female fans, and had a fairly long and serious relationship with another celebrity (Tatyana Ali). In an interview when he was 18, he commented on fellow actor friends who hit a tough time with no work in over a year. According to accounts I’ve read online, he was said to be depressed about his career fizzling out, and aside from that, his relationship had ended and he was said to be lonely. Everyone knows about the so-called “27 Club” of extremely talented actors and musicians who died tragically at that age; friends said he seemed agitated the night of his death. My thought is that perhaps he was in a deep private despair, aware that he had reached age 27 and he wasn’t where he had expected himself to be in life, maybe in his eyes a teen idol that didn’t quite make it, and very likely may have decided to immortalize himself by joining the club at 11/11 (the date he hanged himself) at 11:11 (my own speculation). I don’t know why his death affected me so much as I wasn’t a huge fan of his movies or acting, but there was something about him. It haunts me to think that quite possibly, even this final move he made to end his life would have been to him a failure; the impact he had in mind was lost on the world, as his suicide attempt did not end his life until the following day, 11/12. Just a sad theory that I wanted to share sympathetically but hope I’m wrong about.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 1:36 am
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    Are there photos of the actual scene? Morbid curiosity!

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  • January 3, 2020 at 8:57 am
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    Just wondering where’s the picture of his toe with the tag on it? And also why wasn’t there an open casket memorial service so we can all see him ?? To me it all seems like there’s something else going on,, like maybe what if he faked he’s death. What if he was tired of all the fame and just wanted to live a normal life. Just wondering .

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    • January 14, 2020 at 8:32 am
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      The site that hosted the toe tag photo might have expired but I have seen it, maybe try google images for it. He was cremated and his parents didn’t think it necessary for a memorial service as sadly Jonathan had largely been forgotten by mainstream media and the public by then, after he died it took people weeks sometimes over a year to realise… so you had people in 2004 saying hmm I wonder what J Brandis is up to these days.. then they found his obituary. I would probably say his death was not faked as I have read the autopsy report and I highly doubt the physicians would have faked that.. what gain would there have been for them? It would be nice if it was true and he was still living but we all think that when someone dies. Sadly Jonathan is no longer with us and all we can do is rewatch the work he was involved in and admire the amount of effort he went to and reflect on how sad it is when former child actors struggle with the transition into adult acting.

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      • January 14, 2020 at 8:57 pm
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        Thanks for letting me know – although the toe tag is a scan thats many years old, I put it back on the page.

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    • February 22, 2020 at 10:28 pm
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      Seriously? Not everything in the world is a conspiracy. Criminy, where do you people get this stuff? You all need meds.

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